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More “paws” please

More “paws” please

The Guide Dog Appeal is just round the corner and guide dogs and guide dog puppies want your support!

The Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind (RNZFB) still needs at least 2100 volunteers nationwide to help collect donations for the street appeal which will be held from Friday 28 - Sunday 30 March.

“Guide dogs are an important mobility aid for our members, they give their handlers increased confidence and independence” says Jeanette Manson, RNZFB Divisional Manager, Fundraising.

“It’s important this appeal is a success as Guide Dog Services receives no government funding.”

“Without public support we simply wouldn’t be able to provide this invaluable service to blind and sight-impaired New Zealanders,” says Ms Manson.

The volunteer numbers still needed across the country to help collect for the 2003 Guide Dog Appeal are: Northland/Auckland 500 Collectors needed in all areas, except Franklin Waikato 180 Collectors needed in all areas, especially Hamilton Bay of Plenty 180 Collectors needed in all areas Hawke’s Bay/ Gisborne 150 Collectors needed in all areas Taranaki/ Manawatu/ Wellington 400 Collectors needed in all areas, especially Wanganui & New Plymouth Nelson / Blenheim 150 Collectors needed in all areas Canterbury/ West Coast 350 Collectors needed in all areas Otago/ Southland 200 Collectors needed for whole region 28-30 March; and Invercargill only 21-23 March

Invercargill will kick off the national appeal a week early from Friday 21 March – Sunday 23 March 2003, and volunteers are still needed in the southern city for these dates.

Elsewhere, the 2003 Guide Dog Appeal will be held from Friday 28 - Sunday 30 March to raise money for guide dogs and other essential services for blind and vision-impaired New Zealanders.

If you have two hours or more to assist the Foundation in your area, please phone 0800 DOG DAY (0800 364 329) or volunteer online at http:// http://www.rnzfb.org.nz.

If you would like to make a donation then please phone 0800 DONATE (0800 366 283) or donate online at http:// http://www.rnzfb.org.nz.

RNZFB Guide Dog Services is responsible for breeding, raising, training, and matching guide dogs and celebrates 30 years of service in New Zealand this year.

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